Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To stand out plainly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To resist effectually; withstand; sustain without yielding.
  • To stand or remain beyond; outstay.
  • To project outward from the main body; stand out prominently; be prominent.
  • To stand out to sea.
  • To stand over; remain untouched, unimpaired, unsettled, uncollected, unpaid, or otherwise undetermined: as, outstanding contracts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To stand out, or project, from a surface or mass; hence, to remain standing out.
  • transitive verb rare To resist effectually; to withstand; to sustain without yielding.
  • transitive verb To stay beyond.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To resist effectually; withstand; sustain without yielding.
  • verb transitive To surpass in standing; stand or remain beyond; outstay.
  • verb intransitive To project outward from the main body; stand out prominently; be prominent.
  • verb intransitive To stand out to sea.
  • verb intransitive To stand over; remain untouched, unimpaired, unsettled, uncollected, unpaid, or otherwise undetermined.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From out- +‎ stand. Cognate with Dutch uitstaan ("to abide, suffer, dree"), German ausstehen ("to stand, endure, abide"), Swedish utstå ("to suffer, endure, pass through").

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